Thanks Scott. I've tried probably all of the things you suggested, but to no avail.
To be clear my partner can turn things on and off via Google Home/Google assistant. She can issue simple commands, like 'turn the TV on', or 'Turn the fan on' and so on. But she can't run any flows. These (commands are in any case handled by the Google Home app (and also via the shortcuts feature in Google Home app, so she can use phrases she often uses anyway and that are easy for her to remember.) So without any official family feature, it seems to be very much a case of your mileage may vary through using these unofficial methods.
I very much appreciate the efforts of the developers and the underlying technology seems very cool indeed. But if this technology is to move beyond simply being a gimmick (or a series of neat party tricks to impress the occasional guest), I suspect (unless I'm really missing something?) that it does need to recognise that indeed the majority of people in the world do not live alone.
I recognise that there may be some security issues with allowing multiple users to access specific flows – and/or there may be scenarios where allowing any family member in a household to run any flow (or change any flow) they wish, may not always be ideal. (For example, of an angry teen, or a curious younger child might randomly run flows for whatever reason.) But surely a model of administration of accounts could be adopted from something along the lines of a modern computer OS, where there is one (or more) designated admin accounts (in this instance me/Dad and Mom) and the rest are user accounts where the admin decides which flows they can run and which they can’t? This would have the benefit of allowing my kids to run flows in their own rooms for example, without allowing them necessarily to control the lights in the parental bedroom, or to open the garage doors, or to pull some other kind of prank. (although clearly Google home itself should have this feature too.)
I note with slight concern that my post has not received much attention from any developers of this project? I do apologise if my post has seemed somewhat blunt, or frank. However, I am genuinely trying to be as open, frank and constructive as I can with regard to my experience of using this technology.
I have also (as of the last hour) encountered some internet down time for a reason I have yet to ascertain. But this appears to have left me in a scenario where I am puzzling a little regarding how to control some of my lights, locks and other ‘smart’ devices. (I have rather foolishly perhaps) covered over and in some instances removed some of my physical switches etc, in the short time I have so far dedicated to exploring this technology. But surely it would be better to be able to run some kind of instance of Stringy and/or Google Home control on my local network, so that I’m not left in the very bizarre scenario of not being able to control many devices in my home, in the event that my Internet connection is lost? Being so dependent on an internet connection to operate often very simple devices does not seem very sensible, or dare I say it, very ‘intelligent’.